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Journaliste d'un Jour (Journalist for a Day)
An edition of La Voix d'un Jour
La Voix du Nord
8 Place du Gal de Gaulle
Tel: +33 3 2078 4040
Fax: +33 3 2078 2375
La Voix du Nord
L'Académie de Lille
Nord and Pas de Calais Region
The region of Nord and Pas de Calais: the main city, urban and
This project was started in 1991 to educate teenagers about the
newspaper industry and to encourage them to read newspapers.
Aims and objectives
Firstly, to offer young people the chance to be journalists - to
gain an understanding of the constraints of the trade, the difficulties
of writing succinctly, of making contacts - and to analyse information
and see how it is perceived by the public. Secondly, to give the
editorial staff on newspapers an insight into young people's perception
Teachers. Students in their final year of high school.
1,200 high-school pupils, in 28 schools
20 professional journalists
27 economic partners
Involvement of children
After receiving help and advice from journalists, the pupils choose
what issue they want to cover and how; they make contacts, arrange
appointments, write, illustrate and distribute their newspaper.
A prize is awarded for the best features, the most original reports,
and the most dynamic way of distributing La Voix du Jour
(Voice of the Day) to passers-by each morning on local streets and
at local stations.
Summary of project
For one week, pupils work together on news, features, comment columns
and reviews. They are introduced to data-processing and use of the
web, newspaper production, ways of working, and how to behave towards
the public. They produce a 16-page tabloid newspaper, and the contents
are checked by journalists of Voix du Nord, the regional
newspaper of the north of France, and students of the Lille High
School of Journalism. Text and images are transmitted down lines
provided by France Telecom from six participating sites to a production
team of 15 journalists and pupils of a high school and a technical
school. There is also a daily report on the M6 TV network, and on
La Banque Société Générale
Électricité de France (EDF)
Nord and Pas de Calais Region
La Sécurité Routière (Prefecture du Nord)
La Caisse de Sécurité Sociale Régionale
Le Centre Commercial V2
Le Furet du Nord
Budget: around 1 million French francs (152,449 Euros)
Production 15 per cent
Salaries 30 per cent
Logistics/transport 35 per cent
Strengths of project
Motivates students before the summer holidays.
Enthuses all the participants, but also all establishments
concerned with the courses.
Inculcates discipline and the ability to work to a schedule,
to conform to editorial guidelines, and makes students think about
the quality of their writing, the news value of their subjects and
the importance of punctuality and reliability.
Many pupils include their participation in the project in
their curriculum vitae. Some have developed careers in local government
and even as newspaper correspondents, freelance journalists or illustrators.
Some are talented cartoonists.
The project has won two major national prizes: Union of
the Advertisers of Paris, 1998, and Best Animation for a Commercial
The difficulties are marginal, because of the professional, disciplined
approach of all concerned. It is a smooth operation, allowing room
for innovations each year.
Journaliste d'un Jour is now a recognized regional event, providing
young people with a chance to participate in a real in-house enterprise,
and many want to repeat the experience.
At the start of the year, the project helps to bring the participants
together as a team, fosters cooperative group work, stimulates them
and encourages an appreciation of their interdependence.
We can only encourage other titles to take part, but the positive
results have attracted interest from teachers and other possible
partners. Journal d'Alsace in Mulhouse and another regional
newspaper serving Eastern France also run Journaliste d'un Jour
The project allows young people to appreciate the commercial world,
their communities and state services. They also make contacts, which
can be useful for their future.
The young people say to us: "Now we understand how difficult it
is to communicate information, we will read a newspaper with new
Some teachers say: "The pupils enjoy the experience and learn more
in one week than in six months of schoolwork."
We would like to go even further with these young people, in particular
to give them more opportunities to engage in the life of the newspaper
and travel to meet young people in other countries.
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